What’s In A Name? the ferocious comedy by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patelliere is to tour this Autumn. Jeremy Sams directs Joe Thomas, James Lance, Summer Strallen and Alex Gaumond. The What’s In A Name Tour starts in September 2019.
Adam Blanshay Productions today announces the first What’s In A Name? Tour, adapted and directed by Jeremy Sams from the award-winning French film and stage sensation, Le Prènom, by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière. Internationally acclaimed comedy, What’s In A Name? hilariously captures a particularly awkward family dinner party. The cast will star Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners, Fresh Meat), James Lance (Jeeves and Wooster, Northern Soul), Summer Strallen (Top Hat, Young Frankenstein) and Alex Gaumond (Company, Dirty Rotten Scoundrel, Matilda). Further casting to be announced.
The witty and razor-sharp production, which opened to critical acclaim at the Birmingham REP in 2017, will open at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, from 5-14 September with press night on 12 September, before visiting Glasgow, York, Aylesbury, Cambridge, Windsor, Richmond and Southampton.
Father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna are invited to dinner by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. They are joined by childhood friend Carl for a mature and sophisticated gathering.
The meal is lovingly prepared, and wine carefully selected. The friends are prepared for the usual humorous exchanges they’ve come to expect.
But tonight, a startling revelation about the name chosen for Vincent’s and Anna’s expected child becomes the catalyst for a destructive argument which spirals hysterically out of control. Tonight no one is holding back! Egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings are relentlessly and hilariously exposed for the first time.
The original play premiered in 2010 at the Théâtre Édouard VII in Paris, France, where the production received six Molière Award nominations and ran for over 300 performances. Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière then wrote the screenplay for the film (2011) which played to over 3.25 million people in France alone. It received widespread critical acclaim, and won several César awards from the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques, along with the Grand Prix Hydro-Québec at the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and the Radio Canada Audience Award at the Cinéfranco International Francophone Film Festival in Toronto. The Italian translation of the movie went on to receive several prestigious Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalist awards. The play has now been translated into over 22 languages, and has had incredible box office success around the world.
What’s In A Name? is written by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière with adaptation, translation and direction by Jeremy Sams. Set will be designed by Francis O’Connor and lighting design is by Rick Fisher.
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WHAT’S IN A NAME? TOUR SCHEDULE
5 – 14 September 2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
1 – 5 October 2019
Theatre Royal Glasgow
8 – 12 October 2019
Grand Opera House York
22 – 26 October 2019
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
28 October – 2 November 2019
Cambridge Arts Theatre
4 – 9 November 2019
Theatre Royal Windsor
12 – 16 November 2019
19 – 23 November 2019
Nuffield Southampton Theatre